Revising our plans

Today was hell!!!

We went to the Y to renew our memberships and wow.. they told me I have to pay more then I was 2 months ago, discounts didn’t seem like discounts, the child subsidy for Sailor Moon’s membership seemed like it was unreachable.  The lady we were dealing with made it out like we were not allowed to apply for these things to help reduce the cost.  This just set me off in a spiral of moodiness, tears and trying not to scream in public.  I swear I normally am a calm person and never act like this in public, but the past few days, I have been soooo on edge and moody… bless the soul of the Jedi Master for putting up with me.  

All in all after dealing with the Y, we left without a membership.  My plan originally was to go swimming every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.  This has now been changed to treating Sailor Moon and I to the indoor pool and jacuzzi at a local motel once a week.  

We were also going to be doing pre-ballet but that has changed.  I re-evaluated whether it was worth the money and sadly, its not.  I also asked Sailor Moon if she wanted to do it and she said no, not really.  Instead Sailor Moon will be joining Sparks.  We will be going to a center a week from tomorrow and seeing what classes they are offering for homeschool families this fall and we will probably sign up for one or 2.

When doing up my original schedule, I was trying to make sure we were out and doing an activity every day.  Sadly I forgot one of the most important things I was once told by a homeschooling mom online.. when you plan to homeschool, plan to stay home!  Occasional outings are fine but being out all the time is not going to help with her learning.  She will either end up to distracted, over-stimulated or too tired to learn by the time we do the schoolwork in the afternoon.  

After remembering that piece of advice, I am revising EVERYTHING!  I know 6 days to go and I just threw my whole plan out the damn window.. nothing like a bit of pressure huh?  LOL!  And to top this all off.. tomorrow is the last day the Jedi Master is with us.. he leaves on Wednesday for University in England :(  So now I have to re-plan everything.. AND make sure Sailor Moon knows how much we both love her and that daddy will be back at Christmas and as much as she will use my shoulder to cry on, I will be doing the same to her.  I am not looking forward to this week at all!  

Progress so far.

The past few days have been fun but also rough.. we had Sailor Moon at the ER 2 nights ago.. she had surgery last week and the back of her throat was sore as expected.. but it had blisters as well.. Dr says she will be fine.. get numbing gel and apply before eating and it will heal on its own.  I’ve been organizing our lessons into my filing system with all the paperwork needed.. I have most of the 1st week in her assignment cubbies of the bookshelf.  She tries to peak at them but just sees paper.. I haven’t added the extra fun stuff yet.. I will do that the night before.. lol.

While we were at the hospital, the Jedi Master went downstairs to see if the coffee shop was opened and ended up going by the hospital’s library.. he brought up some books for Sailor Moon to “read” to us while we waited to be seen. I wanted to go down after her appointment to see what they had.. I scored a copy of 2 books out of the Little House series.. YAY!!!!  I plan on starting that series with her at some point this year (probably closer to next summer when she is reading a bit better).

Can’t believe we have a week left.. as in this time next week we will be on our second day of homeschooling.. YAY!!!  I am having all the normal doubts about if I can handle it, if I am able to teach Sailor Moon, etc.. but I went through this last year as well and even though we took lots of breaks and days off here and there because we just weren’t feeling it.. I know we will be ok.  Last year we could afford to take extended breaks as it was Pre-K and to me that means just having fun learning whatever we want together.  This year we will have fun learning together but to stop the extended breaks, I am not making her days overly exhausting.. we are out every morning either swimming or at the library and then for a few hours in the afternoon we will focus on her schoolwork.  

I did have a whole schedule done up for like every subject known to man.. well on an elementary level.. I had science, geography, history, etc.. but then I had to step back and tell myself repeatedly(still telling myself too) that it can all wait till next year.  She needs to have a grasp on reading before I can teach her a good chunk of what we want to explore together.  If she asks about a particular topic, we can make it a weekly research project(I research and we will review it all together).. kinda like we did last year with our Panda lapbook.

And now I am rambling to waste time so I don’t have to organize more schoolwork.  Off to the grind I guess.. LOL!!!

Let’s Get Excited!

We have one week and 2 days until we officially start off our first year homeschooling.  Sailor Moon is anxious to start but we have all mutually decided that we will wait until the Jedi Master goes back to England for his final year at University before we start. 

In the meantime, I have been occupied with the task of trying to figure out how I am going to schedule our next year.  Since we are starting Kindergarten and our main focus is to learn to read, its going to be a fairly light year work wise.  But the layout I have come up with will put us doing schooling all year round, which is ok since the summer months we will basically be practicing her reading.  I was looking at the calendar and I think we have 3 or 4 days break between Kindergarten and 1st Grade… YIKES!

I’ve chosen to follow the curriculum on Easy Peasy’s All-In-One Homeschool site for a few reasons.. 1. it’s free, 2. its easy to follow along, and 3.. it’s FREE!!!  I am tweaking it a bit to add some things to it but for the end of August and September we will be doing a speedy version of Getting Ready 1.  Sailor Moon knows her alphabet fairly well thanks to the Pre-K Curriculum on Confessions of a Homeschooler’s website that we worked on throughout the last school year, so I am using Getting Ready 1 as a review to freshen her mind a bit.  Then we will be starting the McGuffey Primer, and Getting Ready 2 (which are mashed together in the Learn to Read section as well, but only the reading sections of the curriculum are in the Learn to Read section, we will be doing the activities for everything else that is in the Getting Ready 2 section.) 

Tomorrow, my plan is to get my checklist for things left to be printed off, gather up and sort it all out by week so that I can get as organized as I can and then relax when it comes to the actual homeschooling… less stress makes for an easier fun day!